International Economics

ECS520 International Economics

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  • Assessment



  • Objective/course outline

    Objective/course outline

    The purpose of this course is to give a solid introduction to the theories and empirics of international trade and FDI. The course consists of three parts. The first part of the course provides a thorough understanding of neoclassical trade theories, where firms are assumed to produce under constant returns to scale. The second part of the course assumes that a significant share of the firms produce under internal increasing returns to scale. The latter implies that we will observe imperfect competition in many markets, and it is shown that this may have major implications for how we should expect international trade and trade liberalization to affect location of firms, public trade policies and global and regional wage inequalities. The third part reviews three topics that have become prominent in recent research and policy discussion: the political economy of trade policy and international trade negotiations, the effect of trade on the environment, and the study of trade with firm-level productivity differences.

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools


  • Semester


    Not offered academic year 2011/2012.



ECTS Credits
Teaching language
Spring, Autumn

Course responsible

Hans Jarle Kind and Gregory Corcos, Department of Economics